The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

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As one of the United States Army's premier musical organizations,
the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has inspired audiences throughout
the Nation and abroad for 50 years. Founded on February 23, 1960, the
men and women of the Corps proudly carry on traditions that accompanied
the birth of our Nation. To see the unit is to experience history come
alive - a proud tradition that began with the musicians of the
Continental Army and continues today! The
69-member Corps uses 10-hole fifes, handmade rope-tensioned drums and
single-valve bugles, which bring to life the exciting sounds of the
continental army. While traveling, the marching strength of the unit is
normally 22 musicians, and the drum major and support personnel.The Fife and Drum Corps also features a Baroque Trumpet Ensemble;
a specialty group that revives the sounds of period trumpet music at
official ceremonies, special events and professional venues.As an
official representative of the U.S. Army, the Corps averages
approximately 500 performances annually. The Corps has entertained
millions of people in major parades, pageants and historical
celebrations throughout the United States; and has served America as a
goodwill ambassador as far away as Europe, Australia and Canada. Major
sporting events the Corps has performed at include NCAA bowl games, NBA
games, NFL games including Super Bowl XVI, the Kentucky Derby, the
Indianapolis 500, and the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid NY.In
support of the president, the Corps performs at all armed-forces
arrival ceremonies for visiting dignitaries and heads of state at the
White House, and has participated in every Presidential Inaugural Parade
since President John F. Kennedy's in 1961.-- source: official website

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